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The Las Animas County Department of Human Services will issue commodity foods on Wednesday, March 5th, from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. This issue is for individuals who have completed an application card. No applications will be taken during the issuance. He commodity food program is offered to all eligible households without regard to race, color, sex, religion, natural origin or political beliefs. For more information, contact Robert Bertolino at the Department of Human Services in Trinidad.
Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman yesterday re-certified some electronic voting machines, however, he imposed some conditions on their use. Coffman announced that Edge II and Edge II Plus electronic voting machines can be used during this year‚€™s elections. Those machines are used in Pueblo, Elbert, Denver and Arapahoe Counties. Coffman did say that the machines, manufactured by sequoia voting systems, could have a problem with its paper trail, but only if the paper was improperly loaded into it. Coffman also announced yesterday that further testing is needed on the Hart ballot scanners that are used by most of the counties in Colorado. The Hart machines were initially de-certified because tests showed they posted a 1% error rate in counting ballots. Hart‚€™s electronic voting machines were cleared for use back in December. Coffman also re-certified voting machines used in Jefferson and Mesa Counties, but is still testing ballot scanners for those counties.
Homeowner associations would not be able to bar residents from making energy-saving changes to their homes under a bill that won preliminary approval yesterday in the Colorado House. The bill would allow such things as shutters, awnings and other shade structures to be added to the outside of a home, and attic fans and evaporative coolers on the inside. The bill would also allow the installation of retractable clotheslines, energy-efficient outdoor lighting and wind-electric generators. Representative Andrew Kerr, of Denver, the sponsor of HB1270, said the ‚€œbill is about giving power to the citizens of Colorado to be energy efficient and to produce their own energy‚€Ě. Homeowners associations have been prohibited from adopting covenants or deed restrictions that limit the use of solar energy devices on homes. Kerr says that his measure only takes that law into the modern era.
Cody Lakey, 27, of Alamosa has pled not guilty in Alamosa District Court yesterday in connection with the death of his daughter Alexis who was 7 months old when she died. Lakey is charged with murder and child abuse resulting in death. Alexis died on September 5th, 2007, a result of the serious injuries that she received on September 3rd. Lakey entered the not guilty plea through his attorney, public defender Daniel Walzl, before Alamosa District Judge Pattie Swift. District Attorney Peter Comar told Judge Swift that Lakey‚€™s trial would require a week to complete. Judge Swift therefore scheduled a weeklong trial for Lakey that will begin on July 14th. She also scheduled a status hearing in the case for April 7th. Lakey remains in custody.
Alamosa County Emergency Coordinator Pete Magee told San Luis Valley County officials during an SLV County Commissioners Association meeting yesterday that hopefully the area will not see flooding and the snow will melt off the mountains in a slow and orderly fashion, however, he encouraged valley officials to be prepared in case it does not. He told commissioners that they would be the ones to declare an emergency if one arose. Rio Grande Water Conservation District Manager Steve Vandiver said he was equally concerned about potential flooding this year. Vandiver said that virtually all of the Snotel readings are showing 140-150 percent of normal and some sites are showing 200%.